As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect millions around the world, celebrities, athletes, and civilians have been banding together (virtually, of course) to provide help and levity in times of uncertainty. That group now includes Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who returned to Canada after wrapping up their senior royal duties in the U.K. this month.
On Wednesday, March 18, the couple took to Instagram to express their well-wishes and encourage their followers to come together. In fact, the actual Instagram image is pulled straight from their in-depth official statement. “This moment is as true a testament there is to the human spirit,” the quote reads.
“These are uncertain times,” the full message from Harry and Meghan begins. “And now, more than ever, we need each other. We need each other for truth, for support, and to feel less alone during a time that can honestly feel quite scary.”
“There are so many around the world who need support right now, who are working tirelessly to respond to this crisis behind the scenes, on the frontline, or at home. Our willingness, as a people, to step up in the face of what we are all experiencing with COVID-19 is awe-inspiring. This moment is as true a testament there is to the human spirit. We often speak of compassion. All of our lives are in some way affected by this, uniting each of us globally. How we approach each other and our communities with empathy and kindness is indisputably important right now,” they wrote.
The couple then promises to continue sharing accurate information and resources about how to keep ourselves and our families healthy, especially from a mental-health standpoint. “In addition, we will focus on the inspiring stories of how so many of you around the world are connecting in ways big and small to lift all of us up,” (Prince) Harry and Meghan Markle added.
The couple concluded their statement by promising more posts in the days and weeks to come: “We are all in this together, and as a global community we can support each other through this process–and build a digital neighbourhood that feels safe for every one of us.”